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Mt. Zion throws a party

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Paul Day, right, challenged Gerald Lundy to a game of cornholeat the block party at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
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Chris Hunt, center, gets a hot dog and drink during the block party at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Serving are Stephanie Rent, left, and Sherri McClain.
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A turkey vulture named Nigel spreads his wings as Joyce Luckett, center, tellsDaveon Thurman, left, and Hezekiah Marcumabout him over during a block party at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Saturday. The church, located at 1501 Indiana Ave., wants to reconnect with the community, Pastor De’Aundre Williams, said. Church members went door to door in the neighborhood inviting people to attend. on Sunday, the churchhad a special service with preaching by Pastor Richie Ware, markingits 131st anniversary as a congregation and the 50th anniversary of its current building. Luckett, of Connersville, heads the Animal Care Alliance of Richmond, which includes wild animal rescue. She and her staff brought the vulture, a snake, owls and other animals to the block party.

Mt. Zion throws a party